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May 19, 2011
01:43 PM

Weekend Planner: A Parade, A Party & Playtime!

Weekend Planner: A Parade, A Party & Playtime!

A Mardi Gras-style parade at 11am this Saturday, May 21 kicks off a full day of free music and family fun at The Mann Center in Fairmount Park. More than a thousand performers representing every genre — from swing to rock to African dance — are scheduled to appear across five stages throughout the afternoon. At the Children's Pavilion, try jumping rope, learn Irish dancing, listen to storytellers and experience other entertainment, like jugglers and balloon artists.

Meanwhile, in Rittenhouse (Walnut St. from Broad St. to 19th St.), the annual Spring Festival celebrates the season with an outdoor fashion show and fine cuisine, including delicacies from Barclay Prime, Stephen Starr, XIX and others. Stop by the Kids' Corner at 18th St. between Walnut & Sansom Sts. for make-and-take crafts, a drawing contest and the KYW Newsradio Kidcast tent.

There will be family fun on the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., too. Near 21st & 22nd Sts., Free Play on the Parkway celebrates the opening of a new play space with PBS KIDS Sprout characters, arts & crafts, games, a scavenger hunt, face painting, music and food.

Make a difference in Delaware

At Newark (DE) High School on Saturday, ages 12 & younger are invited to join in the American Cancer Society fundraising walk Relay for Life.

At 9:30am, take an opening lap around the track with the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ Rocky Bluewinkle, the Chick-fil-A cow and other mascots. Kids can walk until approx. 11:15am — silly themes include hopping and dancing entire laps — or take a break to enjoy other fun: crafts, games and face painting in the kids’ tent, hula hoop and Frisbee contests and a water balloon toss.

All kids who register in advance or at the event with a $5 donation receive a free ticket to a Blue Rocks game on Tues., June 7 — and the satisfaction they’ve helped in the fight against cancer.

There are hundreds more Relay for Life events held in the region through the summer and fall. Visit the Relay for Life website to find a Relay near you.

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Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

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